RUMEX CRISPUS: Yellow Dock For Spring Cleaning

Yellow dock is popping up in Denver! I’m absolutely ecstatic to see that spring is on its way. It will likely snow several more times before the end of May, but fruit trees are budding (some even blooming), and the greens of dandelion, yarrow, plantain, and of course yellow dock, are beginning to really show themselves.

I definitely prefer warmer weather, coming more and more alive as the plants yawn and stretch, and finally show themselves….

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ASCLEPIAS SPECIOSA: Milkweed & Authenticity

Milkweed & Authenticity

It’s hard for me to describe what this plant means to me, so I’ll just start with the facts.

Milkweed is in the Apocyanaceae family (subfamily Asclepiadoideae), along with Inmortal, Butterfly Weed, and Balloon Plant.

Asclepias speciosa have their flowers in umbels. They have milky juice and pods containing silky, tufted seeds. Umbels occur at the top of the stem and have around ten elaborately constructed flowers each. The flowers are over 1” wide…

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